Professor Rogers is Co-Chair of the Dade-County-Bar Association and Federal Bar Association's Mindfulness in Law Joint Task Force, and is co-founder of the University of Miami Mindfulness Research and Practice Initiative. Professor Rogers collaborates with University of Miami cognitive neuroscientist, Amishi Jha, exploring the enduring brain and behavior changes that may accompany mindfulness-training programs.
Professor Rogers earned a B.S. in 1981 and an M.S. in 1985 in psychology from University of Florida, and a J.D. from University of Florida College of Law in 1991, graduating first in his class. Upon graduation from law school, Professor Rogers clerked for Chief Judge Maurice Paul in the Northern District of Florida and with Rosemary Barkett, on both the Supreme Court of Florida and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Thereafter he practiced commercial litigation with White & Case and then joined an Internet company as its general counsel and president.
In 2012, Professor Rogers was awarded the "Richard Hausler Golden Apple Award" for his contributions, academically and through extra-curricular activities, to the student body. He was also presented with the "2012 Sookie Williams Award for Exemplary Service to the Miami-Dade Legal Community" for his work helping to integrate mindfulness into the legal profession. His law review article, The Mindful Law School offers a comprehensive review of the mindfulness offerings at Miami Law.
He is the author of Mindfulness for Law Students: Applying the Power of Mindful Awareness to Achieve Balance and Success in Law School which is being used in law schools across the country, The Six-Minute Solution: A Mindfulness Primer for Lawyers, and co-author of Mindfulness and Professional Responsibility A Guide Book for Integrating Mindfulness into the Law School Curriculum. You can learn more about Professor Rogers by clicking here.
In addition to her administrative duties at the Law School, Ms. Matas regularly teaches or co-teaches with members of the Law School Faculty. She has taught Property modules with Professor Mary Doyle, Mindfulness and Leadership with Professor Scott Rogers, and a series on Marriage Equality with Professor Charlton Copeland.
Ms. Matas is an active community leader. She is a member of the Board of Directors of TotalBank, and chairs its Risk Committee which oversees corporate risk governance and risk management processes. She previously chaired the Board's Consumer Compliance/Community Reinvestment Act Committee and the BSA Committee. She is also a member of the Miami Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women, the Hispanic National Bar Association (Chair of the LGBT Section), and of the National Advisory Council of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. She was the founding president of the Board of Directors of Americans for Immigrant Justice and served as President from 1996-2000.
Ms. Matas is the recipient of numerous awards and distinctions. She was named by The Miami Herald as one of 12 women in South Florida who "Set the Agenda" in their fields, and has been recognized as one of South Florida's top real estate lawyers by Florida Trend Magazine, South Florida Legal Guide, and South Florida Business Journal.
Born in Havana, Cuba, Ms. Matas grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She received her Bachelor's of Arts degree in Economics, magna cum laude, from Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts, and her Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts. You can learn more about Professor Matas by clicking here.